Coola Post Primary School

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2008 / 2009 Notes

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 10th September 2008

Transition Year News: Our first ever Transition year group started their year in an exciting fashion. The group took part in golf lessons in Castle Dargan and also had an interesting professional photography workshop with local photographer Paul O Connor. The transition year students will take part in many out of school activities throughout the year such as fishing, Horse riding, Self defence classes, public speaking, swimming lessons and much more. The Transition year tour will take place in February 09 and will see the students take to the slopes of north Italy.

1st Years: The First Years returned to the school on Wednesday the 27th of August. 68 students were enrolled and they are already settling in well.

Leaving Cert Results: Congratulations to all of our students who did extremely well in their Leaving Cert. The hard work and perseverance certainly paid off. The current students and staff wish them all luck in their future careers.

New Staff Members: A warm welcome is extended by everyone to the new members of staff: Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hoare. We would also like to wish our English & French teacher Mr. Grahame Cleary all the best with his voluntary work in Cameroon.

Junior Cert Results: Following the example set by last year’s Leaving Certs, the 4th year students achieved some outstanding results in the Junior Cert. The students collected their results with their parents at the school last Wednesday. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

Sport: Training of football, basketball and soccer teams has started in earnest. With many promising players to choose from at all grades, the school is hopeful of a successful season on the sports field.

After School study: After school study has again commenced in the school. There are a limited number of spaces left; any student interested can contact Mr. O Donoghue for more details.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 25th September 2008

Mentor Quiz
The quiz was a great success with the first year students getting the chance to spend time with their 4th year mentors. The quiz consisted of rounds on History, Sport, Geography and much more. The competition was excellent with a very close finish. The winning team consisted of Mentor Elaine Touhy and 1st year students Ciara Brennan and Niamh Brennan and Daniel Conlon. Well done to all who participated.

Thank you to all who were involved in the recent Hospice coffee morning. It was a great success with €162.50 raised. Well done to all.

Transition Year
The transition year programme is in full swing with students taking part in many activities. Their recent activities saw the students taking golf lessons on chipping the ball and putting on the green. They also took part in an excellent basketball coaching session. The students started the exciting Young Social Innovators scheme and will work on this project throughout the year.

Training of football, basketball and soccer teams has started in earnest. With many promising players to choose from at all grades, the school is hopeful of a successful season on the sports field.

New Staff Members
A warm welcome is extended by everyone to the new members of staff: Ms. McKenna and Ms. Gavigan.

LCA Trip
The LCA students recently visited the FAS open day in Sligo last wednesday. The students got the chance to talk with lecturers about various courses and also to gain an insight into the type of work which is involved in each course. They gained information on how to obtain an apprenticeship in carpentry, plumbing and block laying plus many more careers. All had an informative and enjoyable day.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 8th October 2008

County Sports Day
On Friday October 3rd our annual county sports day took place at the IT Sports complex. The previous three weeks were hectic with all pupils trying to win the heats to compete in the finals. All the hard work and preparation for the finals paid off as we had twenty six medal winners in the competition including eight golds, eight silver and nine bronze. The gold medal winners were Grainne O Loughlin (U-15 100m, Relay), Sharon O’Connor (800m, Relay), Eithne Morley(Hurdles), Rachel Cavannagh (Hurdles, Relay), and Yvonne O’Connell (Relay). Our silver medallists were Niamh Morley (100m), Eithne Morley (Senior 100m), Gerard Doyle (U-16 100m), Ciobha Hennessy(200m), Michelle O’Reilly(Senior 200m), Peter Flynn(U-16 200m), Keith Candon (U-16 Hurdles), and Ethan McTiernan (Senior long jump). Finally our bronze medallists were Michael Byrne (Senior 100m), Sandra Torsney (U-15 200m), Ciara Brennan (Hurdles), Keith Candon (Relay), Michael Doyle(Relay), Jamie Conlon (Relay), Ethan Crawley (Relay), and Jane Maitland. (U-15 long jump) Congratulations and well done to all those who took part.

5th Year Parent Teacher meeting
There will be a parent teacher meeting for all 5th year students on the 21st October from 4 – 6.45. This will include all LCA 2 students.

Transition Year
Our Transition year students have been very busy over the past few weeks taking part in many activities. They have continued with their excellent golfing lessons and are starting to show some real improvement on the greens of Castle Dargan. They also took part in an exciting Graphic Design workshop where they studied how to produce brochures, websites and flyers.
The Students also took part in a workshop on film production with local Documentary producer Johnny Gogan. The students gained an insight into film producing in Ireland and really enjoyed the experience.
The students have also been busy raising funds for their Skiing trip to Italy. They had great success with their recent pizza sale and would like to thank Ms. Kelly for all of her help throughout the day. They would also like to thank everybody who helped and contributed to the recent bag packing in Tesco last week. It was a huge success.

School walk
The annual school sponsored walk will take place on Friday 17th October. The students will walk a distance of approximately 3 miles. Students are currently collecting sponsorship in the area; your generosity is greatly appreciated.

U-15 Gaelic Football
Coola U-15 boys got their campaign off to a great start with a comprehensive victory over Ballisodare. Coola started the game well dominating midfield and a fortunate goal from Hughie McGowan settled the team. Coola were solid in defence and pulled further ahead with a string of excellent scores. Coola then delivered a fatal blow with a goal just before half time from Ethan McTiernan followed by another point from keith Candon. Half time score Coola 2-4, Ballisodare 0-1.
Coola started the second half as they finished the first with Aidan Harte laying off a ball to Kieth Candon who blasted over the bar to increase the lead. The game was abandoned early due to an unfortunate injury to a Ballisodare player with the final score at 2-5 to 0-1. Excellent performances were visible all over the Coola team who will take on Ballymote Convent in the next round. Report; Keith Candon.

Senior Ladies Gaelic
An enthralling game of ladies football was played between Coola and St Mary’s Ballina in the Pat the baker schools championship which eventually ended in a draw.
The game took place in Ballina under windy weather conditions on the 1st October. Coola got off to a bright start when Captain Louise Taaffe scored the first point of the game. Coola were playing with the wind in the first half and used it to there advantage scoring 6 points. Louise Benson was on her toes when she denied the St. Mary’s ladies two goal chances. The Sligo girls were winning the kick out and half forward Marie Claire Doyle made some great runs setting up well taken points and scoring a point herself. Coola hit the back of the net twice before the interval when full forward Shauna Kelly and midfielder Sharon O Connor didn’t think twice about taking their chances.
At half time the score read Coola 2-6, St Mary’s 2-2. The Coola ladies were under pressure in the first ten minutes of the second half playing against the wind. St. Mary’s were all over Coola scoring 3 unanswered goals. It seemed as if St. Mary’s were going to be victorious going 10 points ahead.
However Coola showed amazing resilience of their own to come back from a 10 point deficit with less than 10 minutes to go. Midfielders Sharon O Connor and Louise Taaffe worked very hard in getting the ball up to the forwards. Emma Collery made a great burst through the middle resulting in a goal followed closely by a point. Sharon O Connor knowing her side were under pressure went for goal from a 13m free and to the Sligo girls delight scored. In the meantime St. Mary’s scored just 1 point. In injury time Fiona Baker equalised when she scored a goal for the Coola side in what was a nail biting finish, the result was Coola 5 – 8, St. Mary’s 5 – 8.
Team; Louise Benson, Tara McGowan, Grainne O Loughlin, Sharon Kelly, Jane Maitland, Deirdre Benson, Louise Taaffe (0-9), Sharon O Connor (2-0), Fiona Baker (1-1), Emma Collery (1-2), Marie Claire Doyle (0-1), Elaine McConnell (0-1), Shauna Kelly (1-0), Eithne Morley (0-1). Subs; Louise Moran and Elaine O Connell.

Congratulations to Stanley Harte and Tommy Trill on their recent success on winning Connacht titles at u-12 and u-13 levels respectively.